TshwaneDJe Human Language Technology is a private company that develops and offers dictionary- and language-related software and consulting services. TshwaneDJe was co-founded by David Joffe and Prof. Dr. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (experts in software development and lexicography respectively) in 2002, based on, amongst others, a joint vision of improving the world and bridging cultures through better dictionaries.
Originally based in David Joffe's hometown of Pretoria (of which the traditional African name is 'Tshwane') in South Africa, in 2009 the company moved to Stellenbosch, and as of 2011 is located in Gordon's Bay, South Africa. We have consistently focused on professionalism, world-class quality, and delivering value to our customers. Originally dealing primarily with lexicography, the company has more recently broadened its focus to also cover terminology management software, corpus query software, software tools for translators, and general Language Services.
Our customers include Oxford University Press, Pearson, Longman, Macmillan, the Royal National Academy of Medicine (Spain), Grupo Clarín (Argentina), the Department of Justice (Canada), the Welsh Language Board, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature, Van Dale Lexicografie, Le Robert (France), the Royal Spanish Academy, the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (Netherlands), and more.
TshwaneDJe members are also active in academic research and have published many publications »
TshwaneDJe has a BEE Level 4 rating.
Core Team at a Glance
David Joffe (BSc Comp Sci, Univ. of Pretoria) »
Co-founder and owner of TshwaneDJe, and the original creator of the industry-leading TLex dictionary writing system. He has a BSc Computer Science degree and over 15 years' software development and project management experience. He previously built, a.o., a flight simulator visualization system for the South African Air Force, and mining training simulators for Anglo Platinum. He currently manages the development of TLex, in use by major publishers including Oxford University Press and Pearson, as well as the tlTerm terminology management software, tlTranslate Translation Memory software, tlCorpus concordance software, and tlDatabase database software.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver »
Born 15 September 1971 in Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver holds an MSc in microelectronic engineering (1995), an MA in corpus lexicography (1999), and a PhD in computational linguistics (2005). He is the author or co-author of 18 books and 86 peer-reviewed articles, mainly on corpus and dictionary topics for the African languages, and increasingly also on language-independent lexicography software. To date, he read 9 keynotes/plenaries and presented or co-presented 100 conference papers. He has also organised or co-organised 16 conferences and seminars. He is an assistant professor in the department of African languages and cultures at Ghent University, Belgium, and an extraordinary professor in the Xhosa department at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is also a founding member of African Language Technology, President of Afrilex, an elected board member of Euralex, Asialex as well as Australex, initiator of PangaeaLex, and co-founder of TshwaneDJe HLT. [Updated July 2010]
Malcolm James MacLeod (BSc Hons Comp Sci, UNISA)
Malcolm is an expert C++ programmer, but also does some occasional PHP. He joined TshwaneDJe in early 2006. He is one of the main developers on TshwaneLex, and is the primary developer of the TLex Electronic Dictionary publishing system, as well as the tlTranslate Translation Memory software. He is also highly experienced with data conversions. Since early 2010, he is managing overall software development and company operations of TshwaneDJe in Stellenbosch.